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PlantFiles: Eulalia, Maiden Grass, Zebra Grass, Chinese Silvergrass
Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Miscanthus (miss-KANTH-us) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Strictus

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Rickwebb On Jan 20, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

When I discovered a few cultivars of Eulaliagrass as this Porcupine Chinese Silvergrass in the early 1990's, I really liked them and planted a number. However, I discovered that the big cultivars as this, Zebra, and Silver Feather get so huge and fall over alot. The middle of the clump often dies out after 5 to 10 years and it is so difficult to dig them up to reset them. Many people just don't ever dig them up and allow a dead center. The leaves are sort of sharp edged and can cut your hand. Recently in southeast PA I have seen some Eulaliagrass cultivars escaping cultivation into the meadows and it looks terrible. They are invasive East Asian plants in the USA.

Neutral marksgrdn On Jun 23, 2010, marksgrdn from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

i bought this plant for its varigated striped leaves. also in keeping with an Asian look to my yard. requires a fair amount of watering here during the summer. does not like to be dry at all. goes to looking very brown and shaggy if i ignor it. also, the leaves are razor sharp. found that out when i was cutting them back for the winter. the worst of paper cuts you could imagine. i still like the looks of it, really adds nice curb appeal to my yard. i wont be removing it from my landscape any time soon. it fits very well into place. just wear gloves !

Positive lincolnitess On Jul 11, 2004, lincolnitess from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Porcupine Grass does wonderful for me in zone 5b, I rarely water it and it forms a nice clump without getting out of control. I like to use the stalks in floral arrangements. Stay looking nice a long time.

Negative CatskillKarma On Jul 11, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

My miscanthus strictus died back considerably after one winter in my garden on the edge between zones 4 & 5, and died off completely after the second winter. It was planted in a sheletered spot near my septic tank, but it was quite a wet area--which may have been the problem.

Positive maigard On Jul 10, 2004, maigard from Zionsville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Foliage is held quite upright with very attractive yellow banding. Does very well in our clay soil. Once established it rarely requires supplemental watering.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Alpharetta, Georgia
Woodstock, Georgia
Boise, Idaho
Chicago, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Zionsville, Indiana
Hesston, Kansas
Columbiaville, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Temperance, Michigan
Lincoln, Nebraska
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Concord, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Richfield, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Cypress, Texas
San Angelo, Texas
Temple, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Seattle, Washington

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